Mexico is focus of Armed Service Committee Hearing

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 13:57

On March 17, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing to receive testimony on U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Transportation Command. Although it was a general hearing about all of the Commands, Committee members expressed their growing concern about the alarming violence on the Mexican border and had specific questions for Admiral Jim Stavridis [PDF] , U.S.


Growing Concern about Iran's Influence in Latin America

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 14:09

Yesterday, at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing "To receive testimony on the United States Southern Command, United States Northern Command, United States Africa Command, and United States Transportation Command," U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis, the commander of Southcom, brought up concerns regarding the increased Iranian and Hezbollah activities in Latin America. His comments appear to serve to expand upon U.S.


Official reactions to the Salvadoran election result

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 15:23

Below, thanks to CIP Intern Stacy Ulmer, are remarks of government officials around the region regarding the results of Sunday’s elections in El Salvador:

“We applaud the democratic process in El Salvador, and we give our most enthusiastic best wishes to El Salvador for their democratic examples” -Álvaro Uribe Vélez, President of Colombia


The FMLN's Victory in El Salvador

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 13:18

On Sunday, El Salvador held historic elections. For the first time in 20 years, a government led by a party other than the conservative ARENA proved victorious. And the victor was none other than the party of the former leftist guerrillas, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), who during El Salvador's 12 year civil war fought against the U.S. backed government. 17 years after the war ended, the FMLN's candidate, Mauricio Funes, was elected with 51% of the vote to be the country's next president.


President Obama's meeting with President Lula

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 13:59

On Saturday, Brazilian President Lula da Silva met with President Obama at the White House. He was the first Latin American head of state to be received in Washington since Obama's inauguration.


Summit of Americas Hearing

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 14:44

On March 11th, 2009, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing to discuss U.S. policy in the region at the upcoming 5th annual Summit of Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. With the recent surge of violence in Mexico and the expulsion of additional U.S. officials from Bolivia, Latin America has become a focus of many hearings in Washington. The hearing was attended by many Committee members, all of whom had a lot to say. Below are a few of my favorite comments, paraphrased:


The U.S. Debates Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 09:51

On Tuesday, the directors of two of the organizations participating in the "Just the Facts" project testified at a hearing about U.S. aid to Mexico, held by the House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee for the State Department and Foreign Operations. Here is a statement put out by one of our witnesses, Latin America Working Group Education Fund Director Lisa Haugaard. This post also appears on the LAWGEF's new blog. Testimony from Ms.


Helping Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 09:36

Amid skyrocketing rates of drug-related violence in Mexico, President Felipe Calderón said the following on Monday, while meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy:


U.S.-Bolivia Relations: Looking Ahead

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:07

On March 3, 2009, the U.S. House Committee of Foreign Affairs held a hearing to discuss present and future relations with Bolivia. Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL-14) set the tone and focus of the hearing during his opening statement when he asked, “Is there still hope for a better relationship with Bolivia or is Evo Morales bound and determined in the stance that he is in?” Other members of the committee expressed their concern with the government of Morales; Rep.


Mexico's Violence Packs Capitol Hill's Agenda

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 13:40

Recent news stories such as "Mexican cartels plague Atlanta" and "Mexican cartels infiltrate Houston" bring home the idea that Mexican drug violence is having an effect on the United States.